St. Pat's for All
2019 GRAND MARSHALS
Fionnula Flanagan was born in Dublin, Ireland, speaking both English and Irish at school and at home. Her mother used to say “A nation without a language is a nation without a soul.” She studied acting at the Abbey Theatre School in Dublin, and languages in Switzerland, before moving to Los Angeles in 1968.
Flanagan has a massive body of work that includes stage, television and film. Her most notable piece of work might be for the film James Joyce’s Women where she plays the six women who most effected James Joyce’s life. She also adapted and produced the piece for stage and film. She is starring now on Broadway in The Ferryman.
Flanagan has also been a very familiar face in many American television shows such as Star Trek; Lost; Brotherhood and Rich Man, Poor Man. Her film work includes Terry George’s Some Mother’s Son; Waking Ned Divine; Lost and The Guard. These are only a handful of credits that make up a truly impressive career.
Seán Curran’s career as a performer, choreographer, and director spans 30 years, beginning with traditional Irish step dancing as a child in Boston. Curran is known for his early performance work with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, receiving a “Bessie” award for his role in Secret Pastures, and as an original New York City cast member of STOMP!His 30 works for Seán Curran Company are characterized by collaborations across artistic genres. Founded in 1997, the company has toured to nearly 100 venues in the U.S., Europe and Asia and has presented home seasons in New York City as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music 2015 and 2018 Next Wave Festivals and at The Joyce Theater, The Guggenheim Museum, Dance Theater Workshop, New Victory Theater, 92nd Street Y/Harkness Dance Project, Danspace Project, Symphony Space, Central Park Summerstage and Celebrate Brooklyn. The company’s highly regarded service to the field includes donation of performances and classes to the American Civil Liberties Union NYC Chapter, Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Residence (a safe house for LGBTQ youth), Dancers Responding to AIDS and the Hetrick-Martin Institute. Artistic excellence has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project; New Music USA, O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and several private foundations. Irish American Magazine selected Curran as one of its "Top 100” in 2002.
A sought-after choreographer and director for opera and theatre, notable projects for Curran include Salome(Opera Theatre of St. Louis, San Francisco Opera, Opera Montreal, San Diego Opera); Much Ado About Nothingand A Midsummer Night's Dreamfor The Shakespeare Theater; Shalimar the Clown, Ariadne on Naxos, Nixon in China,and Daughter of the Regimentat Opera Theater of St. Louis; NYC Opera productions of L'Etoile, Alcina, Turandot, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Capriccio, and Acis and Galetea; Shakespeare in the Park's As You Like It; the Metropolitan Opera's Romeo and Juliette; and Broadway’s James Joyce's The Dead, Cymbeline,and The Rivalsat Lincoln Center Theater. Curran has created dance works for The Wooden Floor, The Limon Dance Company, Trinity Irish Dance Company, ABT II, Denmark's Upper Cut Company, Sweden's Skänes Dance Theater, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Ririe Woodbury Dance Theater, and Dance Alloy. A graduate and faculty member of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Curran now serves as Arts Professor and Chair of the Department of Dance. He has over 25 years of teaching experience in modern technique, improvisation, body percussion and composition as a visiting artist at the American Dance Festival, Harvard Summer Dance Center, Bates Dance Festival, Boston's Conservatory of Music, and countless U.S. university dance departments and private studios.